WASHINGTON – America’s Health Insurance Plans, medical provider groups and other groups today pledged in a letter to President Obama to shave $2 trillion or more off the cost of health care over the next 10 years.
The cuts should reduce the projected rate of growth in health care costs by 20%, the groups write in the letter.
In addition to AHIP, Washington, the groups signing the letter include the Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers of America, Washington; the American Hospital Association, Chicago; the American Medical Association, Chicago; the Service Employees International Union, Washington; and the Advanced Medical Technology Association, Washington.
Current projections suggest that national health expenditures will increase by an average of 6.2% per year through the next decade, increasing the total share of gross domestic product going to health care to more than 20% in 2018, from 17.6% this year.
The share of GDP going to health care is higher than in any other country in the world, the groups write in the joint letter to Obama.
“We are determined to work together to provide quality, affordable coverage and access for every American,” the groups write. “It is critical, however, that health reform also enhance quality, improve the overall health of the population, and reduce cost growth.”
The groups say the proper way to reduce health cost growth is to:
- Improve the nation’s health.
- Continuously improve quality.
- Encourage the advancement of medical treatments, approaches and science.
- Streamline administration.
- Encourage efficient care delivery based on evidence and best practice.
The groups that signed the letter say they committed to supporting a public-private partnership designed to achieve billions in savings through:
- Implementing proposals in all sectors of the health care system, focusing on administrative simplification; standardization; and transparency that supports effective markets.